Xylene definition

zīlôl, -lōl
A mixture of xylene isomers used as a solvent in making lacquers and rubber cement and as an aviation fuel.
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Any of three isomeric, colorless hydrocarbons, C8H10, having the characteristics of benzene and derived from coal tar, wood tar, and petroleum: used as solvents, antiseptics, etc.
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A flammable hydrocarbon obtained from wood and coal tar. Xylene consists of a benzene ring with two methyl (CH3 ) groups attached, and occurs in three isomeric forms. It is used as a solvent, in jet fuel, and in the manufacture of dyes, fibers, perfumes, and films. Chemical formula: C8H10.
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A mixture of xylene isomers used as a solvent in making lacquers and rubber cement and as an aviation fuel.
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(chemistry) Any of a group of three isomeric aromatic hydrocarbons, di-methyl-benzene, found in coal and wood tar.
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Any of three colorless flammable isomeric benzene derivatives, C8 H10 , obtained from wood and coal tar.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
xylene
Plural:
xylenes

Origin of xylene

  • From Ancient Greek ξύλον (ksulon, “wood") + -ene.

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